Prominent Obamacare supporter a shill for HHS

Gee - ya think that $300,000 in fees from the government might make you more inclined to, you know, like promote government run healthcare?

Nah - liberals can't be bribed. What burns in their heart is the true faith, not a desire for earthly riches, right?

NRO's Daniel Foster:

MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber, a cheerleader in the press for Democratic health-care reform efforts, has been under contract with the Department of Health and Human Services since June, collecting nearly $300,000 in fees as a consultant.

Gruber has frequently been cited for expert analysis on the health-care debate, most recently as a defender of the Senate bill's tax on "Cadillac" insurance plans, which has proven unpopular with elements of the progressive left. But his connections with the administration are rarely laid bare. The New York Times recently referred to him only as "a respected health care economist at M.I.T." A Dec. 28 Washington Post op-ed penned by Gruber, in which he defended the "Cadillac" tax favored by the Obama administration and Senate Democrats, referred to him only as a "a professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology."

Ed Lasky adds;

Are the Democrats just addicted to bribery? Dishonesty? Falseness and pulling the wool over our eyes?

The man that campaigned on abolishing cynicism seems to be rather full of it himself.


Transparency-No. Change-Yes.

Gruber insisted he wasn't co-opted to Ben Smith at Politico:

I do indeed have a contract with HHS. Throughout this year I have provided technical assistance to the administration and to Congress with my micro-simulation model, as well as based on my experience as a member of the Massachusetts health connector board. But NONE of the work I have done in public, or any public declarations I ahve made, has been in any way funded by the Administration. That funding was strictly for internal work that I did for the administration and, via the administration, for congress. All externally visible work and comments, such as my editorials or public reports, have been done on my own time.

OK - sure. I'll buy that. And of course, you had absolutely no sense of gratitude toward the entity that plopped 300 grand in your lap, right Doc? Nor is it conceivable that if you said anything bad about Obamacare, the gravy train would dry up, correct?

Makes you wonder how many more "independent experts" aren't so independent.